When does New Year’s Day Begin?

My sister, whose home is in New Zealand, told me that she spent the first day of the new millennium sitting in a comfy chair watching the sun rise over the rest of the world. By the time that gorgeous, glittering ball at Times Square began its descent, and strains of Auld Lang Syne filled the air, the new year wasn’t a new born baby anymore.  My sister had already turned the first page of her desk calendar.

That’s how it was last week at Christmas too.  Before the sun rose my family in India had already opened presents and had a spicy brunch. But in America, my family and friends had awakened to Christmas Eve, with plenty of time left to do last minute shopping.  It’s disorienting, at the very least– this time warp, this asynchronous life style with people I love. But it does help me reconcile my faith in a Creator and the science of Evolution.  (Anyway, that’s a story for another day.)

Happy New Year Everyone!

Below is a picture of Hicks Point in New Zealand, where the sun rays first touch land.

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4 thoughts on “When does New Year’s Day Begin?”

  1. That’s so cool! Looking forward to hearing more about your travels. I would love to visit New Zealand one day…I’ve wanted to ever since the first Lord of the Rings movie came out 🙂

  2. How lovely. I don’t think we’ve met, but perhaps we will at Pyramid Lake. Your entry about the difference in time at different points on Earth reminded me of a very interesting news item I heard last week. The people in Samoa and one neighboring island sacrificed one day in order to “move” to the other side of the international date line and share the same day as their families, business associates, etc. in New Zealand and Australia. You probably know all about it since you are there! I just found it rather interesting to think about the idea of all Somoans losing that day together!

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